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Titanic II and the tabular iceberg

Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Australian mining tycoon Clive Palmer says his Titanic II cruise ship is set for a 2022 launch. The two-week maiden voyage will be from Dubai to Great Britain, before she begins her regular service, sailing back and forth between Southampton and New York, retracing the route of the original ship, which was not the Titanic I. The Belfast-built ship that was called The Titanic, sank on 15 April 1912 after hitting an Ilulissat Icefjord iceberg during her maiden voyage. She was carrying 2,224 passengers and crew, but had only 16 lifeboats, which held just 1,178 people. Titanic II can accommodate 2,435 passengers and 900 crew and, crucially, will have lifeboats for 2,700 and life rafts for an additional 800. What the ship won’t have, Clive Palmer has suggested, is internet or TV.

Meanwhile, NASA’s Operation IceBridge, a long-running aerial survey of polar ice, flew over the northern Antarctic Peninsula on 16 October and during a scan of several glaciers Jeremy Harbeck spotted a rare tabular iceberg just off of the Larsen C ice shelf. Photo: NASA/Jeremy Harbeck

Iceberg


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